I invited a friend to Bible study. She didn’t hesitate in her reply: “I’m sorry, but I don’t believe in God. If God does exist, I don’t believe I should be accountable to Him. If I’m wrong, then I’m willing to pay the consequences.”
I was dumbstruck! Never had I heard such a shocking, determined admission. Realizing her conviction was strong, I was cautious after that day, to only share bits and pieces of my faith with her. I often related answers to prayer and the good listener she was, seemed to enjoy my sharing.
I came to love Martha as a sister. Even though she left God out of her life, in other ways she seemed flawless. There were times when I even questioned God’s Word that says “all have sinned…”
Then one day Martha spoke of her parents with bitterness and anger. She said they were churchgoing hypocrites. Their lives only focused on impressing others. All she knew about God was what she saw in her parents. She wanted nothing to do with either.
I attempted to counsel her in forgiveness, but she was stubborn and unyielding.
Years later Martha still radiates goodness on the surface, but has no room for God in her life. She still harbors hatred toward her now deceased parents. Moreover her hostility has grown to include anything that honors the one true God.
I know now that God’s Word is perfect. He knows our darkened hearts as no one else can. He knows that no one is good enough to come before Him without a covering for our sin—the covering He Himself has provided through the blood of Jesus.
- The Lord looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good, not even one. Psalm 14:2-3
- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
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